LAUNCESTON'S Aurora Stadium will today be the focus for Hawthorn's celebrations by hosting the 22-strong winning AFL team and the grand final cup.
Coach Alastair Clarkson and captain Luke Hodge will lead the presentation of the players and cup at the Hawks' Tasmanian home at Invermay about 3pm.
Hawthorn Tasmanian operations manager Shayne Stevenson said yesterday the presentation of the team at Aurora was a chance for the players to thank their fans and the fans to see their winning footballers.
Today could be the last time fans see superstar forward Lance Franklin in Hawk colours, as he is considering moving to Greater Western Sydney.
"It (defeating Fremantle in Saturday's grand final at the MCG) was a fantastic result for the club and follows a lot of hard work being done," Mr Stevenson said.
"The club got its just desserts for all that hard work after losing (by 10 points) to Sydney last year.
"And here is a fantastic opportunity for our Tassie members to acknowledge the team's win and show their appreciation."
He said 6000-7000 people turned up at the grand final win celebration at Aurora in 2008 and he hoped for 8000-10,000 today.
Before the presentation, Aurora will be open from 1pm with free children's activities, the game being replayed on the big screen and merchandise acknowledging the premiership win on sale.
The Hawks players will fly into Launceston today for the Aurora function.
Before that, senior players and officials will visit Hobart.
Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold, chief executive Stuart Fox along with Clarkson and the player leadership group will visit Premier Lara Giddings in her office.
There will be a public function in Hobart City Hall from 11.30am.
The North-West will also be part of the action.
Mr Fox, Grant Birchall (who is from Devonport) and two other premiership players will be in the Devonport Mall about 4.45pm to be presented to fans.
The state government is Hawthorn's main sponsor and will pay the club $300,000 for Saturday's win.
Under the deal that runs to 2016, Hawthorn will play four games a season at Aurora Stadium, and be paid more than $3 million a season.